Thursday, May 14, 2020

YA MF - Admission by Julie Buxbaum

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy she's had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer--at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she's long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Admission is a fabulous read by Julie Buxbaum. This story checked off all my boxes. The reality that this story is based upon had American consumed, and this story is just as gripping. 

Personally, I love that this tale is told from the child's point of view. When we meet her, Chloe's a normal, although privileged teenager, stressed about the SAT and boys. 

She never wanted what her parents wanted for her. She is innocent in all of this, although after the fact, she sees the clues. But she is truly an innocent victim of her parent's crimes. Right?

The writing is fabulous. All written from Chloe's point of view, the author alternates between the past and the present. It's a fascinating take of the way the children involved in the college scandal probably, or perhaps reacted. 

The author touches upon the lifestyle of the rich and elite, of Hollywood and it's priorities, and the way one never stops pressured to live a certain way. 

Admission is a riveting tale, written in a manner that I couldn't put it down. This is a story of greed and it's effects. I love it. It's a wonderful take on the college admission scandal. It's definitely a thought provoking book, leaving the readers with a lot to ponder throughout. 

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